Category Archives: Folks

Folk art. Folk tales. Folklore. The ways we decorate our lives.

Popcorn on the Christmas Tree

Categories: Family, Folks, Happy Things

Picture it: Christmas 1977. It’s my parents’ first Christmas. They have decorated their tree with origami ornaments they made from wrapping paper and are trying to string popcorn to wrap around it. It isn’t working well. The popcorn keeps cracking … Keep reading

A Taste of Home

Categories: Folks, Food

We invite many people to our homes as guests. They are welcomed into some kind of front room where there’s a nice sofa to sit on and the floor has probably been swept or vacuumed before they arrived and the clutter was stashed elsewhere. They might even be provided with some type of food or drink refreshment. But that doesn’t make them part of the home. To invite someone into your kitchen is to invite them into your family. Keep reading


Categories: Family, Folks, Happy Things

The Pueblo people of New Mexico make a type of pottery doll called the Storyteller. It is a person sitting with their mouth open telling a story, with children crawling all over their arms, legs, back, all listening to the story. I’ve loved the image since living in New Mexico as a child. I love the idea even more now because it is an image I live any time I sit down. Keep reading


Categories: Family, Folks

I’ve been thinking about the traditions we have in our family lately. We have a lot. I love that we each brought some from our childhood that we are now making part of our kids’ childhood and that we have some that we’ve made up all on our own either purposefully or on accident. Keep reading

News making me think

Categories: Books, Education, Folks, Food, Health, News

Some recent news stories that made me think, some more deeply than others. Keep reading

A Nativity for a 1-year-old

Categories: Folks, Gospel, How To, Quilting/Sewing/Knitting/Crafting

Iddo needed a wooden nativity set she could stack to her heart’s content. Some graphic help from Grandma, a little water colors, some colored pencils, and she’s all set. Keep reading

They caught my attention

Categories: Books, Education, Family, Folks, Food, News, Science & Tech

Connection between music and language/reading. Old funny photos. Astronomy and vision. Strange science. Mindful challah for Rosh Hashana. Keep reading